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FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: KSU Invests in Safety for Students and Faculty   [open pdf - 43KB]

"FRANKFORT, KY -- When Grey Mandeel was hired as the Safety and Compliance Officer for Kentucky State University (KSU) in 2005, his first priority was assessing the entire campus and for potential risks facing the faculty and students, with a special concern for tornadoes. While the City of Frankfort and the surrounding areas of Kentucky have not experienced significant damage from tornadoes since a major outbreak of storms that occurred in 1974, they have had fairly frequent potential threats. Most buildings on the main campus were constructed from concrete block or stone, many having levels at least partially underground, providing the occupants with shelter. However, the Aquaculture Research facility and the Agricultural Research Farm did not offer any substantial protection from tornadoes or violent weather. Both are satellite locations some distance away from the main campus."

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